Can you suggest me some words to complete the following ordering of words based on the worth which they imply. I would ideally like a list of around 5-7 words

  1. cheap
  2. affordable
  3. ???
  4. expensive

What word should be used to describe an item which has an average price?

Also, where in the order would value-for-money, economical fit in?

  • Are informal words allowed? Jul 15, 2015 at 14:24
  • yes. the more commonly used the words are, the better.
    – BatlaDanny
    Jul 15, 2015 at 14:25
  • There is no single way to order them, as these words do not represent degrees (e.g. the difference between good, better, best) but reflect different concepts, with different connotations (e.g. the difference between swept, rinsed, and scrubbed). As such, it will be largely a matter of opinion as to whether discount is cheaper than low-cost and so on. There is no single word for something average-priced, either, because there are many kind sof "average" prices, for instance retail price as opposed to street price.
    – choster
    Jul 16, 2015 at 23:58

3 Answers 3


For the last two in your sequence, how about:

  1. Luxurious
  2. Exclusive

For item 3, I'd suggest "midrange", or maybe "competitive", though that last seems a little jargony.

For the last item in the list, I'd suggest "top-of-the-line" or "top-shelf" or maybe "elite".

  • Also, "deluxe" is a good one. Jul 15, 2015 at 14:27

I'll give it a try, using all other suggestions.

  1. Cheap (especially in comparison to other similar services)
  2. Economical (more of an "absolute")
  3. Competitive
  4. Affordable
  5. Mid-range
  6. Pricey
  7. Costly
  8. Expensive
  9. Luxurious
  10. High-End

Edit: this is an INFORMAL ranking, i.e., it expresses my personal opinions on this and some of these words come from different contexts. Keep also in mind that a few of these words (especially 6-7-8) are usually listed as synonyms.

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